Recently The Lovely Spouse and I returned to the local BJ's for the third time since their recent opening. He was in the mood for fried food. I was in the mood for beer. Turns out you can get both there.
|Can't complain about the decor. Although what you can't see is that I had the sun in my face as it was setting through the windows in the front of the restaurant.|
|I preferred the amber to the dark stout. Some of them are unbalenced towards coffee notes. Not that that's a horrible thing, but the beer snob in me would be remiss for not mentioning it.|
|Spinach Artichoke Dip. Not quite as good as my own, but pretty good for a pub. Even with both of us munching on it there were far too many chips.|
The service, in spite of UrbanSpoon reviews, was great. Either we caught them at a less-busy time or we got a great server. I don't know. All I know is that in the 3 times we've been to BJ's the service has been great. So I can't agree with that aspect of online reviews.
Will we be back? Maybe? The prices were kind of high for the resulting dining experience. Again, the service was good. But there are far better burger places in town that serve Texas microbrews for a better price. I know some of you are saying I should just stick with salads if I'm going to complain about grease on fried foods. But the salads were even more expensive than the burgers, and often don't pair well with beers. In addition to often having more calories even than the burgers. If I was to return I think I would try one of the thin-crust gluten-free pizzas. Not because I'm eating gluten-free, but because I prefer thin crust on my pizza.
Would I recommend BJ's to my friends? I don't see why not. I'd give them the review just as written above and let them decide for themselves if they want to eat there. It is one of the few places in town with gluten-free beer and pizza, so that's something. The fried artichokes are a nice appetizer.